A doctor’s quandary for the mHealth age

by kvrba on August 29, 2014 · 0 comments

When a physician sends a patient home with a set of instructions for continued care, how far should the doctor go to make sure those instructions are followed? The mHealth world is being flooded these days with platforms that promote doctor-patient communication and care management outside the office, allowing patients to check back in to […]

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Nonprofit hospitals posted their second straight year of revenue declines in 2013 and their dismal rate of revenue growth broke records, according to a Moody’s Investors Service report released this week. Moody’s said that median revenue growth was 3.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in 2012 and a shocker compared to historical growth rates that […]

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The EHR Incentive Programs comprise various stages (Stage 1, Stage 2, etc.) and each of these stages of meaningful has multiple phases (90 day, full year, etc.). So much of an eligible hospital’s success in demonstrating meaningful use is tied to its ability to build and sustain momentum and to communicate the importance of the […]

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Sparking patient engagement innovation

August 29, 2014

There’s little question that much work remains to actively engage patients in their own health, but thanks in part to federal initiatives, examples of successful engagement are starting to show up. While Stage 2 of meaningful use requires at least 5 percent of a given provider’s patients to be engaged in their own care either […]

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The tall task of patient engagement

August 28, 2014

Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to be a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. For instance, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo has spoken extensively […]

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Next-gen EHRs and great expectations

August 28, 2014

Southern Illinois University Healthcare Clinics, like many provider organizations large and small, is smack in the middle of switching to a new electronic health records system. SIU’s health unit, in fact, is moving off of GE Centricity and onto Allscripts TouchWorks. Even bigger than the installation project itself are the expectations that chief medical information […]

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National health database: Good medicine or privacy nightmare?

August 28, 2014

State health information exchanges could one day connect, compiling patient data into a vast national database. Such a centralized repository of information won’t necessarily result from a request for proposal and years of integration work. Rather, it’s probably starting right now, as states create health information exchanges that ultimately will connect, allowing professionals from throughout […]

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Privacy and security experts will share best practices Sept. 8 – 9

August 28, 2014

Healthcare privacy and security experts from around the U.S. will gather in Boston Sept. 8-9 to share information and strategize over how to combat cybercrime, insider threats and other pressing challenges to patient data. The two-day Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, coincidentally, comes less than one month after […]

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Will telemedicine help healthcare achieve the triple aim?

August 27, 2014

The triple aim is the goal of current healthcare reform through the implementation and adoption of health information technology, but are healthcare organizations and providers overlooking the role of telemedicine in achieving this end? “The country is trying to figure out how you improve the quality of care for everyone and do so at a […]

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Hackers cause of worst healthcare data breaches

August 27, 2014

The recent healthcare data breach at Community Health Systems was the second-largest breach of any type in the era of breach notification. A total of 4.5 million patients have since been offered identity protection after hackers in China attacked the CHS Information systems in April and June of this year. Hacking of data has become […]

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